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Getting Started

Mentor texts for "hooking" your reader.

Mentor Texts with Strong Leads

Teach your students to create strong leads in writing by studying mentor texts with strong leads! This blog post contains 10 great examples of strong leads taken from young adult books!

How to hook the reader

How to hook the reader

Good mentor texts for getting writer's workshop started.

Didn't I tell you?

So do you remember a few posts back when I mentioned that I have a habit of biting off more than I can chew? Well, case in point...lol...so much for a picture book a day! Wow! What is it about a first week back at school that takes it out of you? We had a wonderfully easy and productive first week in our room, yet more than once I found myself taking a nap as soon as I got home. When deciding between jumping on the laptop to update or taking a nap, well I guess you can see which won. So…

Hooking the reader anchor chart.

Kathi Goes to the Coaching Institute at Teacher's College

Lucy Calkins & Kathi.TC Manning Chapel. NYC.TCRWP Coaching Institute.10.24.11 I'm so thrilled and excited for my best teacher friend in the world, Kathi Zotovich, who just got back from a whirlwind 12-hour days & 2-hour (homework) nights Coaching Institute with Lucy Calkins at The Teacher's College in NYC. Back in 1993, I began my first year teaching at Del Mar Elementary in Morro Bay, CA, and Kathi was my mentor and teaching partner. Over the last eighteen years, through school, state and…

Getting writer's workshop started.

Launching Writer's Workshop: Our 1st Day - The Brown Bag Teacher

Writer's Workshop offers direct writing instruction using real texts, time for students to practice the skills taught, conferring, and share time.

Another mentor text for getting writer's workshop going.

The Book of Bad Ideas

The Book of Bad Ideas [Huliska-Beith, Laura] on Amazon.com. *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. The Book of Bad Ideas

Mentor text for when we are "stuck" and have no "good" ideas.

Lauching Writing Workshop: Mentor Texts!

Because I love finding writing mentor texts, I'm linking up with Amanda & Stacia at Collaboration Cuties for their weekly Mentor Text linky party! It's hard being a fifth grade teacher sometimes... there are so many wonderful writing mentor texts but often the younger grade level teachers snatch those up! Owl Moon, The Relatives Came, Fireflies, Amelia's Journal and The Dot... have all been gobbled up by fourth grade teachers. Ugh. I love my fourth grade teacher friends but save some good…

Great list of mentor texts for getting writer's workshop started.

9 Books that Get Kids Writing in Writers Workshop

Great list of mentor texts for getting writer's workshop started.

Mentor texts for the writing process.

Books that Teach About the Writing Process

Mentor texts for the writing process.

Management/Organization

Writer's Workshop folder idea.

Writer's Workshop Folder Set!

Writer's Workshop folder idea.

Five tips on getting writer's workshop started in your classroom.

5 Tips to Get Writer's Workshop Up & Running

Five tips on getting writer's workshop started in your classroom.

11 Writing Rubrics for Kindergarten.

11 Fantastic Writing Rubrics for Kindergarten

Here are some developmental writing rubrics and standards or expectations-based rubrics for kindergarten teachers.

Writer's Workshop Conference.pdf

Writer's Workshop Conference.pdf

Writer's workshop schedule/planning idea.

The Basics of Writer's Workshop

I've had a number of people find my organization of the Writer's Notebook to be very helpful; hooray! However, many need more information on how to actually implement the Writer's Workshop (also called Writers' Workshop & Writing Workshop). When I found this visual today (and repinned it on Pinterest- Stephanie Madison) I knew I had to get it up here. It didn't have the creator, but the original graphic can be found at…

Good idea for students and writer's workshop.

Classroom This and That

Today I've got a variety of tid-bits from my classroom. I wanted to take some pictures but of course I left my camera at home. So I apologize for the poor cell phone quality pictures. The awesome writing process tracker pencil chart that has been floating around Pinterest. I knew I had to make one! I can't wait to start using it! I bought this awesome Haunted House Descriptive Writing Project on TPT and I love it! So far we have brainstormed who would buy a haunted house and what kinds of…

Nice idea for writing backdrop for when sharing writing etc.

Publishing Party and "FEAR" Cake

One of my top goals this year is to convince my kids that they are writers. Writing is not just something your teacher makes you do. It is a way to express yourself. I feel like one of the best ways to get through to my kids is to give them authentic purposes for their writing. As we neared the end of writing personal narratives, we decided to have a Publishing Party. We invited the principal, the class across the hall, and few other guests! The kids were pumped and worked extra hard to…

Informational Writing

Getting started with informational writing.

11 Dogs Who Learned The Hard Way Not To Eat Bees

Getting started with informational writing.

Although this cost $, I love the idea! Can certainly be developed on your own.

Animal Reports | A Lapbook & Animal Research Project | Informational Writing

Although this cost $, I love the idea! Can certainly be developed on your own.

Nice explanation of what expository/informational writing includes.

Informative Essentials Poster Informative Essentials Poster Detail Page

Informative Essentials Poster Informative Essentials Poster

Informational Writing for Kids- Episode 2: Brainstorming & Choosing a Topic (there are more in this series on YouTube)

Informational Writing for Kids- Episode 2: Brainstorming & Choosing a Topic

Now that I know what Informational Writing is, I'm ready to choose my own topic! In this episode I will brainstorm and then find the best topic by thinking a...

Informational Writing Activities and anchor chart.

Trade & Grade

Hi everyone! Welcome to Trade & Grade facebook group Blog Hop! I'm super excited today to talk about Jayne Gammon from Smart Kid's Super Smart Informational Writing Pack. After looking through the pack, I knew

Some great informational writing mentor texts!

Writing with Mentor Texts - The Friendly Teacher

Some great informational writing mentor texts!

Getting started with Informational Writing anchor chart.

Informational Writing Overview

How do you teach expository writing in your classroom? I wish I could do it throughout the year thematically, as we approach different content. I mean, isn’t that how life works? We can do that occasionally, but in reality, our district gives a writing assessment on a certain date and I need to prepare students for that writing assessment. So we do a whole unit on Expository & Informational Writing. Below is the process that we use when approaching expository or informational writing…

More leads for informational writing.

Leads for Informational Writing

More leads for informational writing.

The basics of informational writing anchor chart.

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In this series, learn how to write your own informational book! More episodes with this series on YouTube.

Informational Writing for Kids- Episode 1: What Is It?

In this series, learn how to write your own informational book! Episode 1 explains the features of informational writing. Check out episode 2 to learn how to...

Opinion Writing

Writing book recommendations could be a great way create authentic opinion writing from students!

Book Recommendations: Student to Student - The Brown Bag Teacher

Motivating students to become wild readers is always one of my top priorities each school year. From ridiculously engaging read-aloud voices to weekly themed shelves, I am willing to pull out all the stops because growing readers matters. One of the easiest ways to achieve student book buy-in is peer pressure! Getting students to suggest...

Great mentor text for persuasive writing with lesson examples.

2nd Grade Persuasive Writing – Animal Parades!

Second grade classes used A Pig Parade is a Terrible Idea by Michael Ian Black as a mentor text for our own persuasive class books about chipmunks, snakes, and tigers!

Mentor text for opinion writing.

Opinion Writing

Our writing focus for this nine weeks is on opinion writing. We have been hard at work learning the differences between facts and opinions,...

More opinion writing mentor texts.

Author's Purpose: 8 Steps Easy as Pie

More opinion writing mentor texts.

VIDEO: Opinion Writing for Kids | Episode 1 | What Is It?

Opinion Writing for Kids | Episode 1 | What Is It?

Are you ready to write about your opinion? This series will lead you through all of the important steps to writing an opinion piece! In episode 1, you'll lea...

VIDEO: Opinion Writing for Kids | Episode 2 | Choosing a Topic

Opinion Writing for Kids | Episode 2 | Choosing a Topic

Now that you know what an opinion IS, you're ready to start writing your own! But first, you have to brainstorm! This video will teach you how to choose a to...

VIDEO: Opinion Writing for Kids | Episode 3 | Making a Plan

Opinion Writing for Kids | Episode 3 | Making a Plan

If you have chosen a topic for your opinion writing, you are ready to make a plan! In this episode, I will use a graphic organizer to make a plan for my writ...

VIDEO: Opinion Writing for Kids | Episode 4 | Writing a Draft: Introduction

Opinion Writing for Kids | Episode 4 | Writing a Draft: Introduction

Now that you have a plan for your opinion writing, you can start writing a draft! I will start my draft with an introduction, which includes a hook, naming t...

VIDEO: Opinion Writing for Kids | Episode 5 | Writing a Draft: Reasons & Examples

Opinion Writing for Kids | Episode 5 | Writing a Draft: Reasons & Examples

I've written an introduction for my opinion writing, so now I'm ready to support my opinion with reasons and examples! TEACHERS! For accompanying writing res...

VIDEO: Opinion Writing for Kids | Episode 6 | Writing a Draft: Conclusion

Opinion Writing for Kids | Episode 6 | Writing a Draft: Conclusion

I'm writing my opinion about my favorite book! I've written an introduction to begin my draft, and I've written reasons and examples to support my opinion. N...

Details in opinion writing. Support your reasons.

Details in opinion writing. Support your reasons.

Persuasive/opinion writing anchor chart

Persuasive/opinion writing anchor chart

Opinion Writing Ideas

Opinion Writing

Opinion Writing Ideas

Opinion writing structure anchor chart.

Getting started with opinion writing...leads.

Ten Pin Linky - Writing Ideas

Getting started with opinion writing...leads.

Mentor text anchor chart for Hey Little Any.

All About Insects

Y'all, this poor little blog has been a little bit neglected the past few weeks! Spring Break has come and gone {and it snowed on us!!} and we are back in full learning mode as busy as ever. Fortunately, the weather has been beautiful here {until yesterday and now there's flooding - boo!} and this sweetie and I have been in the yard almost every afternoon {hence the reason no blog posts!}. She's finally walking pretty well {if you follow my instagram, you know we struggled a little!} and she…

Opinion writing "OREO" anchor chart (organization/structure).

Opinion writing "OREO" anchor chart (organization/structure).

Opinion writing anchor chart for organization/structure.

Common Core Opinion Writing

Last week, I moved into opinion writing with my students. The first day, I read Treasures of the Heart by Alice Ann Miller. If you are not familiar with it, it is about a boy who keeps his "treasures" under his bed. His collection of treasures include broken toys, a rubber band, and many other odd things. For each treasure, a story is implied by the boy who is trying to convince his mom not to clean up his treasures. After reading, we discussed why the boy would keep such items. Then I led…

Opinion writing leads...

Opinion Sentence Starters (Anchor Chart & Task Cards)

Use these opinion starters during reading, guided reading, discussions, writing, etc.Comes with Anchor chart and small sentence starter cards for each opinion sentence.

Opinion writing anchor chart.

Opinion Writing Launch Lesson

a blog about a third grade elementary classroom

Transition for for opinion writing. Could be a nice anchor chart

I "Mustache" Your Opinion (An Opinion Writing Unit)

Transition for for opinion writing. Could be a nice anchor chart

Opinion writing anchor chart for organization/structure.

Happy Veterans Day and Many More!

It has been awhile since my last post...but it has been a busy time. A load has been lifted with our school's levy passed, so that means job is safe for the next 5 years unless our state does something weird. That aside...we have been busy in room 204! Especially this Veterans Day. I feel like these holidays are important to focus on with my students so they can learn to respect and honor these days early on. My students had already read the book The Wall by Eve Bunting and had several…

Mentor texts for opinion writing.

10 Mentor Texts for Teaching Opinion Writing - Performing in Education

Is your curriculum missing the tools you need to assess and grow your writers? If so, you're not alone.Grab my writing toolbox for instant access to the tools you need to quickly assess and differentiate for your students. Limited writing time? No problem! Everything in this toolbox was created to help you grow your writers […]

Narrative Writing

Narrative Writing Mentor Texts

Narrative Writing Mentor Texts - The Brown Bag Teacher

Mentor texts offer students an author to model their own writing after. Check out these favorite narrative writing mentor texts and mini-lesson ideas!

Narrative leads-examples given

Narrative leads-examples given

Personal Narrative Example- created with WeVideo.

Personal Narrative Example- created with WeVideo

This personal narrative example was created with WeVideo in a workshop facilitated by The Center for Digital Storytelling. The videos where captured with an ...

Person Narrative Anchor Chart

Anchor Charts & a Ferris Bueller Moment

Pass the butter, I've been on a roll lately...making anchor charts. #1 Personal Narrative Inspiration My Version I made this one to review personal narratives with my students. Today they took a benchmark. I hope they looked at it. If not, it is moving to my writing wall. They get to do another benchmark in January. Maybe if they stare at it long enough, it will sink in. #2 Adverbs Inspiration My Version This week all of our mentor sentences contain adverbs. I made this chart to help explain…

Video: Joone by Emily Kate Moon -mentor text for narrative writing and small moments.

Joone by Emily Kate Moon

Joone likes the color orange, ice-cream sandwiches, and playing outside. She lives in a yurt with her grandfather and her pet turtle, Dr. Chin, who rides aro...

Video: Fireflies Read Aloud - Personal Narrative mentor text.

Fireflies Read Aloud

Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the world on YouTube.

Video: Roxaboxen - YouTube Personal Narrative mentor text.

Roxaboxen

Children make up a pretend city and enjoy their childhood memories of that place called Roxaboxen.

Personal Narrative Checklist Anchor Chart...lesson.

An A From Miss Keller Freebies: A Mentor Text for Writing Personal Narratives

Personal Narrative Checklist Anchor Chart...lesson.

The Best Part of Me Writing Activity

The Best Part of Me Writing Activity - Lessons With Laughter

Cultivating a postive classroom community is such an important part of teaching, and I've learned that little things go a long way. The Best Part of Me writing activity is a great community builder!

Narrative writing mentor texts.

Writing with Mentor Texts - The Friendly Teacher

Narrative writing mentor texts.

Writing Narrative Endings

Writing Narrative Endings - Young Teacher Love

I have to be honest. Teaching writing is tough. Each year, I set out to build a community of writers, and it is no easy task. One of the toughest things for my students is writing endings. They always start out with catchy beginnings only to get bogged down and just stop at the end. […]

Mentor Texts for Narrative Writing

12 Great Mentor Texts for Narrative Writing in K-2

Model narrative writing with these fabulous picture books.

Mentor text for Narrative Writing

5 Books to Teach Narrative Writing to Elementary

Mentor text for Narrative Writing

Writer's Workshop Expectations

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Small Moments

Narrative writing- explode a moment

Inspired to Read

Adventures of a teacher

Narrative Writing: Zooming into Small Moments - The Brown Bag Teacher

Narrative Writing: Zooming into Small Moments - The Brown Bag Teacher

Outside of “What do I write about?” (see that post here) teaching students to zoom into a small moment is one of the first skills I teach during narrative writing. Without this concept, we have grocery-list stories that involve lots of conjunctions, commas, and actually tell you nothing! So, here are a series of mini-lessons...

Small Moment Writing (mentor texts)

Small Moment Writing (mentor texts)

During writer's workshop last week, I started to share small moment stories with my class. Writing small moment stories is one of my favori...

Other Pins

Narrative Writing Mentor Texts and great examples of 1st grade writing!

Narrative Writing Mentor Texts - The Brown Bag Teacher

Narrative Writing Mentor Texts and great examples of 1st grade writing!

Narrative writing- explode a moment

Inspired to Read

Adventures of a teacher

Mentor texts for "hooking" your reader.

Mentor Texts with Strong Leads

Teach your students to create strong leads in writing by studying mentor texts with strong leads! This blog post contains 10 great examples of strong leads taken from young adult books!

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Writer's Workshop folder idea.

Writer's Workshop Folder Set!

Writer's Workshop folder idea.

Five tips on getting writer's workshop started in your classroom.

5 Tips to Get Writer's Workshop Up & Running

Five tips on getting writer's workshop started in your classroom.

11 Writing Rubrics for Kindergarten.

11 Fantastic Writing Rubrics for Kindergarten

Here are some developmental writing rubrics and standards or expectations-based rubrics for kindergarten teachers.

Writer's Workshop Conference.pdf

Writer's Workshop Conference.pdf

Writer's workshop schedule/planning idea.

The Basics of Writer's Workshop

I've had a number of people find my organization of the Writer's Notebook to be very helpful; hooray! However, many need more information on how to actually implement the Writer's Workshop (also called Writers' Workshop & Writing Workshop). When I found this visual today (and repinned it on Pinterest- Stephanie Madison) I knew I had to get it up here. It didn't have the creator, but the original graphic can be found at…

Good idea for students and writer's workshop.

Classroom This and That

Today I've got a variety of tid-bits from my classroom. I wanted to take some pictures but of course I left my camera at home. So I apologize for the poor cell phone quality pictures. The awesome writing process tracker pencil chart that has been floating around Pinterest. I knew I had to make one! I can't wait to start using it! I bought this awesome Haunted House Descriptive Writing Project on TPT and I love it! So far we have brainstormed who would buy a haunted house and what kinds of…

Nice idea for writing backdrop for when sharing writing etc.

Publishing Party and "FEAR" Cake

One of my top goals this year is to convince my kids that they are writers. Writing is not just something your teacher makes you do. It is a way to express yourself. I feel like one of the best ways to get through to my kids is to give them authentic purposes for their writing. As we neared the end of writing personal narratives, we decided to have a Publishing Party. We invited the principal, the class across the hall, and few other guests! The kids were pumped and worked extra hard to…

How to hook the reader

How to hook the reader

Narrative Writing Mentor Texts

Narrative Writing Mentor Texts - The Brown Bag Teacher

Mentor texts offer students an author to model their own writing after. Check out these favorite narrative writing mentor texts and mini-lesson ideas!

Good mentor texts for getting writer's workshop started.

Didn't I tell you?

So do you remember a few posts back when I mentioned that I have a habit of biting off more than I can chew? Well, case in point...lol...so much for a picture book a day! Wow! What is it about a first week back at school that takes it out of you? We had a wonderfully easy and productive first week in our room, yet more than once I found myself taking a nap as soon as I got home. When deciding between jumping on the laptop to update or taking a nap, well I guess you can see which won. So…

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Hooking the reader anchor chart.

Kathi Goes to the Coaching Institute at Teacher's College

Lucy Calkins & Kathi.TC Manning Chapel. NYC.TCRWP Coaching Institute.10.24.11 I'm so thrilled and excited for my best teacher friend in the world, Kathi Zotovich, who just got back from a whirlwind 12-hour days & 2-hour (homework) nights Coaching Institute with Lucy Calkins at The Teacher's College in NYC. Back in 1993, I began my first year teaching at Del Mar Elementary in Morro Bay, CA, and Kathi was my mentor and teaching partner. Over the last eighteen years, through school, state and…